Conference on “Globalizing the Future: Infusing International Perspectives on Contemporary China Across the Curriculum”, April 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM

The Office of International Programs and the Department of Social and International Studies at SPSU and the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center are sponsoring a faculty development-curriculum enrichment Conference on “Globalizing the Future:  Infusing International Perspectives on Contemporary China Across the Curriculum“.   The conference is from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on April 18, in the Student Center Ballroom.

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Topics will include:

CHINA’S GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES
Dr. Piere F. Landy, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh.

THE RIVER AND THE AIR RUNS BLACK
Dr. James A Cook, Associate Director, Asian Studies Center and Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

FROM MAO TO NOW
Dr. David Kenley, Department of History, Elizabethtown College and Research Associate, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Please contact Raj Sashti to register at 678-915-3266.

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German Film, “Nowhere in Africa”, April 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

SPSU’s International Film Series  is proud to present the film “Nowhere in Africa”  April 14,  at 6:00 PM in the Student Center Theatre.  This film won the 2003 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as five major awards in the 2002 German Film Awards including “Outstanding Feature Film”.   The film is in German, English, and Swahili, depending on who is speaking (with subtitles in English).

This film tells the story of the a middle-class German Jewish family that flees antisemitism in Nazi Germany by having the father take a job as a plantation manager in 1930’s Kenya.  Each member of the family adjusts to life in Africa in a different way, while war swirls around them.

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Consul General from Germany to Speak: April 10, 2014

As part of SPSU’s International Issues Series, Consul General Christoph Sander of the Federal Republic of Germany will speak on “Relations Between Germany, Georgia and the United States”.  The talk will be on April 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM in the Design II (Building I-2) Auditorium.

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Cynthia Cooper, WorldCom Whistleblower, at SPSU March 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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Cynthia Cooper, an accountant who was the Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom, was part of a team of auditors who discovered a $3.8 billion fraud at WorldCom in 2002, will be speaking at SPSU on March 20 at 6:00 PM in the Student Theater.

The WorldCom discovery was the largest fraud in U.S. history to that point.  Cooper was named as one of three People of the Year by Time Magazine in 2002.

She now heads her own consulting firm, and has written a book about the WorldCom fraud and her role in discovering it, called Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower, which was published in 2008.   Profits from this book are donated to ethics education.

This event is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and autographs after the talk.

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Crisis I–Venezuela on March 18, 2014 at 12 Noon, Design II Auditorium

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Dr. Juan Carlos Guzman, formerly from Southern Polytechnic State University, will present the talk “Crisis I–Venezuala” on March 18, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Design II Auditorium (Building I-2).

This talk is part of the Social & International Studies Department’s International Forum 2014.  The talk is also sponsored by the SPSU Foundation.

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Japanese Anime Film, “Ghost in the Shell”, March 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

SPSU’s International Film Series  is proud to present the Japanese film “Ghost in the Shell”  March 10  at 6:00 PM in the Student Center Theatre.   This film won the Best Theatrical Feature Film at the World Animation Celebration in 1997.

The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well-connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth. (via IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113568/plotsummary)

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Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine Author at SPSU, February 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Adrian Miller, the author of “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time” will appear at SPSU at 6:00 PM, February 27,  in the Student Theatre.

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The book describes the history, influences, ingredients, and innovations that appear on the soul food plate.

Miller grew serious about soul food during his final year in law school. (Georgetown, if you’re curious.) And he took note when Southern journalist John Edgerton observed that the definitive tribute to black cooks had yet to be written.

This set Miller out on a multiyear journey to track down cookbooks covering food cooked by and for blacks.  To his surprise, he found more than 500 of them, dating to the early 1800s. 

Miller’s book is a labor of love, but it is far more than a richly researched way of satisfying his own curiosity.  Miller is worried about the future of soul food, particularly in the black community. — Denver Post

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Consul General from Great Britain to Speak: February 20, 2014

As part of SPSU’s International Issues Series, Consul General  Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford will speak at 6:00 PM in the Design II (Building I-2) Auditorium.

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Crisis I–Cuba on February 19, 2014 at Noon, Design II Auditorium

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Dr. Ernesto Silva, from Kennesaw State University, will present the talk “Crisis I–Cuba” on February 19, 2014 at 12 Noon in the Design II Auditorium (Building I-2).

This talk is part of the Social & International Studies Department’s International Forum 2014.  The talk is also sponsored by the SPSU Foundation.

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Step Afrika! To Appear at SPSU, February 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM

The step dance group STEP AFRIKA! will appear at SPSU on February 6, 2014 at 7:30 PM in the Student Center Theater.

STEP AFRIKA! is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in December 1994, the company is celebrated worldwide for
its efforts to promote an appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people. Step Afrika! reaches tens of thousands of Americans
each year and has performed on many stages in North & South America, Europe, Asia,Africa and the Caribbean.

Based in Washington, DC, Step Afrika! is DC’s first and only Cultural Ambassador representing the city and nation at events around the world. The company completes an
annual 50-city tour of colleges and theaters from Maine to Mississippi and is a national model for the use of stepping in education, espousing themes such as
teamwork,academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding.

Step Afrika! is a frequent partner of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington Performing Arts Society and has graced some of America’s most
prestigous stages from the White House to the Lincoln Center in New York City.

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